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Hana 0 – Solomon Warriors 3

Kidstone Billy, Micah Lea’alafa and Jerry Donga scored the goals that turned Hana’s fairytale start of the season from bad to worse. Despite the strong win Solomon Warriors coach, Moses Toata, remained sensitive about his team’s position in the table.
“After our loss to Western United in our last match we felt that we desperately needed to win as a loss would be too much of a cost. From here we need to continue winning and gather more points,” Toata said.
Prior to the match Toata said he told his players that Hana had the capability to win against them and the only way to win was to channel the flow of Hana’s attack into the centre of the field.
“Hana have started the season well and we had to be wary or risk being run over. The only way for us to be sure was to keep them on edge throughout the match and I believe that worked well for us. My players effectively drew them to attack through the centre and this made it easier for us to defend against them,” Toata said.
Toata was also full of praise for the combination between stikers Billy and Lea’alafa and midfielder Judd Molea.
“This combination is working well and I am excited about its potential for the team this season,” Toata said.
The match was not a comfortable one for both sides as speed was the key and the ball swung owners rapidly throughout resulting in a roughly even possession. Shots on goal were almost tit-for-tat but Solomon Warriors had a slight upper hand when it came to hitting the target.
It was not until very late in the match that Solomon Warriors had their win secured. The first goal, however, came early and it was Kidstone Billy’s precision header to a Chris Tafoa cross that got the Solomon Warriors supporters on their feet after 10 minutes.
The goal came despite Hana’s early command of the match. With fitness on their side Hana were able to push deep into the Solomon Warriors territory but excellent defending from the quartet at the back kept Tony Otini and Moussa Kourouma frustrated throughout the match.
The killer pair of goals came within 3 minutes of each other right at the end of the match. Micah Lea’alafa scored in the 89th minute on a counter-attack when he drew away 2 defenders before turning the ball into the back of the net. A similar break saw Jerry Donga make it 3 nil in stoppage time when he broke free on the right and took a couple of strides before sending the ball home.
Hana’s game was characterised by missed opportunities in front of goal as touches become one too many unnecessarily and players lost composure and this cost them at least 3 clear goals in the match. This is a fact not lost on their coach who was disappointed that his team’s effort did not return them anything in terms of points.
“We had the same number of chances as Solomon Warriors did but we did not take them. There is no one to blame for our loss but ourselves. Otherwise, my players played a good game and it is unfortunate that we did not get anything from this game,” said a disappointed Masuaku.
The win was good enough to take Solomon Warriors points total for the league to 6 after 3 matches. They have a match against Real Kakamora in hand and it will be an opportunity for them to catch up with Western United who are up top with 9 points.
With the result from this match Hana have now played 4 matches and have only won 2 of them. They have 6 points and the chances for them to increase their tally quickly will be difficult as they face Koloale in their next match.
Line ups
Hana: 12. Peter KIRIAU (GK); 3. Ian SIDA; 4. Arnold KENI; 5. Godwin BEBEU (-68′); 9. Tony OTINI (-83′); 10. Moussa KOUROUMA; 11. Cornelly RATA; 16. Martin SALEIMANU; 19. Jeffery HENRY; 20. Stanley WAITA; 22. Berry QALOKALE (C) Subs: 23. George WEST (GK); 2. Croffson MANA; 6. Henry FAKAIA; 14. Joe MANU (68′); 24. Rolland PWEKA (83′)
Coach: Rex MASUAKU (CGO)
Solomon Warriors: 24. Silas SEDA (GK); 3. Hardies AENGARI (C); 5. Dennis IFUNAOA (-74′); 10. Judd MOLEA; 11. Kidstone BILLY; 12. Jerry DONGA; 13. Chris TAFOA (-90′); 14. Jeffery BULE; 22. Bata FURAI; 26. Loea MANI (-26′); 27. Micah LEA’ALAFA Subs: 1. Alfred LOFANA (GK); 6. Molea TIGI (74′); 8. George SURI (90′); 9. Michael MOLEA; 15. George KWANAE (26′)
Coach: Moses TOATA (SOL)
Match Officials
Referee: Hamilton SIAU
Assistant Referee 1: Hugo PADO
Assistant Referee 2: Phillip MANA
Fourth Official: Jovita QILAMASALA
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Scroll down for play by play summary of the match.
0’ Match kicks off.
2’ Dennis Ifunaoa leads a promising break for Solomon Warriors but his cross into the box fails to find a teammate waiting.
5’ Solomon Warriors are awarded a free kick several yards out from the Hana penalty area. Judd Molea makes the cross into the box and finds Chris Tafoa but the defender’s header is a few feet too high.
7’ Godwin Bebeu is fouled by Loea Mani just past the halfway mark. Stanley Waita goes for goal with the shot but Silas Seda comes out to make a confident save.
10’ GOAL Solomon Warriors 1 – Hana 0: Kidstone Billy’s header puts Solomon Warriors in front. The cross came from Tafoa on the left.
11’ Hana win their second free kick when Tony Otini is fouled by Tafoa just yards out of the Solomon Warriors penalty box. Waita shoots for goal but Seda is there to save the ball.
15’ Solomon Warriors win a corner kick. Molea sends the cross in to Billy who heads the ball over to Hardies Aengari but the shot is well over the cross bar.
20’ A free kick builds up an opportunity to shoot and Berry Qalokale takes the shot only to see the ball sail across the face of goal and harmlessly out of the field of play.
22’ Play is stopped as injuries to Otini and Mani force the referee to call for medical assistance from the sidelines.
23’SUBSTITUTION: George Kwanae is brought in to replace Loea Mani who does not recover from his clash with Waita.
27’ Micah Lea’alafa takes a shot after a cutback from Ifunaoa inside the box but the ball goes wide.
33’ A free kick is awarded to Hana after a foul on Moussa Kourouma. Waita crosses for Otini in the box but the Solomon Warriors defenders come out to clear the ball away.
38’ Jerry Donga breaks past his markers and advances towards the Hana goalmouth but Peter Kiriau comes out to narrow the angle and eventually making a fine save.
42’ Cornelly Rata is set up in the box by Jeffrey Henry but both his shots were blocked by the Solomon Warriors defenders.
44’ A free kick taken by Waita from a dangerous position is saved by Seda.
45’ 1 minute of stoppage time is added.
The first half ends.
The second half begins.
49’ Hana pick up another free kick when Kourouma is fouled by Kwanae. Waita takes the free kick and his shot is close but fails to dip in time and it goes over the cross bar.
52’ Lea’alafa sets up Billy with a neat pass into the box and the striker takes his shot on the first go but it bounces off the post and the Hana defenders recover to clear the ball away.
57’ Yellow Card: George Kwanae is cautioned for deliberately handling the ball.
58’ Billy shoots from close range but his shot goes wide. Moments later another opportunity to shoot is presented and the striker misses the ball right in front of goal with the goalkeeper already beaten.
67’ Substitution: Godwin Bebeu is replaced by Joe Manu for Hana.
73’ Otini misses a shot in front of the Solomon Warriors and the Hana supporters in the stands are not happy.
74’ Substitution: Tigi Molea replaces Dennis Ifunaoa for Solomon Warriors.
76’ Another chance to Otini in the box is wasted as the striker hesitates and the Solomon Warriors defenders recover to block his shot.
80’ Red Card: Waita is red carded for attacking the goalkeeper after he had already controlled the ball.
84’ Yellow Card: Bata Furai is yellow carded for a late tackle.
89’ GOAL Solomon Warriors 2 – Hana 0: Micah Lea’alafa increases Solomon Warriors’ lead to 2 with a personal effort.
90’ 2 minutes of stoppage time is added.
90’ + 1’ Substitution: George Suri is brought in to replace Chris Tafoa for Solomon Warriors.
90’ + 2’ GOAL Solomon Warriors 2 – Hana 0: Jerry Donga makes it 3 nil for Solomon Warriors after a counter-attack sees him free on the right and his shot has the power and direction to beat Peter Kiriau.
The match is ended.

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